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During their heyday, the Venoms played in three wuxia films: LEGEND OF THE FOX, THE SWORD STAINED WITH ROYAL BLOOD and ODE TO GALLANTRY, all of which were directed by Chang Cheh.
Kwo Chui plays an orphan raised on the mountains by a revered swordsman and his mute servant. Fate brings him to discover a hidden treasure chest of the Golden Snake swordsman (Lung Thien Siang), whose skeleton is also found inside the cave with the chest, containing a snake-shaped sword and its training manual.
Having been trained a lot of swordsmanship, Kwo doesn't find it difficult to take up the new skills he has just discovered in the cave. Directed by the will left by the Golden Snake inside the chest, Kwo, feeling obliged and being an honorable swordsman, goes to a nearby town to solve the mystery of the Golden Snake's death.
After reaching town, Kwo gradually gets involved in the mystery and has to confront the Golden Snake's archenemy (played by Wang Li) and his clan members: a band of deviously skilled swordsmen: Lu Feng, Chiang Sen, Yu Thai Phing, and Chu Ke, two of whom are involved in the mystery.
The story has its twists and sub-plots common to a wuxia film, which add flavor to an otherwise clichéd plot. Women characters played by Wen Shue Erl as the daughter of the Golden Snake, and Ching Li as his wife are also introduced to complicate the plot.
The final confrontation between Kwo Chui with Wang Li and his band of swordsmen is inevitable after the mystery is revealed. Being a just and honorable swordsman, Kwo Chui steps in the feud to settle the score for the Golden Snake.
The one against five weapon-fight is of high-octane Venoms' quality, which Kwo Chui, Lu Feng and Chiang Sen choreographed. The fights are few but exciting, involving swordplay and fight-in-the-air stunts. Watch how Kwo Chui takes on his five opponents and eliminates them!
All in all, this is worth watching for those who want to see the Venoms' strutting out their kungfu skills in a wuxia film.
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